PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE – Tiffany Dimmick

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You’re probably used to seeing Tiffany’s name in your email inbox on a regular basis, as she coordinates meetings, promotes events, and keeps everything running smoothly in Simpkins Hall. An alum who gradated… Continue reading

2018-2019 Awards and Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this… Continue reading

Letter from the Chair

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In English, we are students of the imagination. This is the great strength of reading the traditions of literature. Works of poetry and fiction ask us to imagine the world, and I believe… Continue reading

Proust Questionnaire-Ishimine Goins

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Ishimine Goins just completed her M.A. in English, focusing on film studies, queer theory, and African-American literature, film, and culture. >What is your idea of perfect happiness? In a world where perfect and… Continue reading

The Difference Between Reading Your Life & Writing It

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Here is the speech I wrote for Honors Convocation, under the guidance of Dr. Macchi and Dr. McGinty. I was thrilled when a young woman told me after the ceremony that my speech… Continue reading

The Victorians, the Internet, and the Digital Humanities: Dr. Paul Fyfe Presents at WIU

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On April 12th, 2019, Dr. Paul Fyfe of North Carolina State University traveled to WIU in order to deliver two presentations: a workshop about the digital humanities in the classroom and the lecture… Continue reading

2019 Sigma Tau Delta Conference in St. Louis

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The Phi Delta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta had a strong presence at this year’s conference. We got to learn, share, and experience so much! This year, six students and two faculty members… Continue reading

Grad Student to Full-Time Academic: A Transformation

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by Sheldon Gaskell On May 30th, 2017, my birthday, I packed my truck and left Macomb, Illinois, vowing to never return. The 5:00AM sky was clear until the upper troposphere where a layer… Continue reading

Why I Study—and Teach—Literature

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By Dr. Zachary Dilbeck Zac Dilbeck earned his PhD in English and English Education at Idaho State University (2015), where he wrote a dissertation titled “Middle-earth, Middle-margins: Seeing Dwarves in the Shadows of… Continue reading

EGO/ΣΤΔ Conference Keynote: Dr. Kishonna Gray

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Once again, the annual EGO/STD Conference has arrived, and with it another fantastic keynote speech. This year’s speaker was Dr. Kishonna Gray, an assistant professor of Communication and Gender & Women’s Studies at… Continue reading